Posted by: Ingrid | April 1, 2009

Two reasons not to use dryer sheets

You make sure you feed your pets a healthy diet, you use pet-friendly, non-toxic cleaning products.  But are you still using dryer sheets? 

The chemicals contained in dryer sheets, fabric softeners and laundry detergents get absorbed by your skin as well as your pets’ skin.  If you wash your pets’ toys, they’ll also ingest these chemicals when they chew on the toys.  Chemicals contained in these products are known carcinogens and neurotoxins.  With the wide variety of natural cleaning products available (I like the Seventh Generation Clean and Clear laundry detergent), there is no reason to continue to use toxic products.

A second reason not to use dryer sheets is that they can present a fire hazard.  Commercial dryer sheets leave a residue on your dryer’s lint filter that is invisible to the naked eye, but can burn out the heating unit and cause the dryer to catch fire.  Try this test:  take the lint filter and run hot water through it.  If the water doesn’t go through, it’s because of the residue from your dryer sheets.  This test was a real eye opener for me.  Wash the filter with hot soapy water and discontinue  using dryer sheets that contain chemicals.

Look for chemical-free dryer sheets, or discontinue the use of dryer sheets altogether.  One of the simplest and least expensive ways to add softness to your clothes without using dryer sheets or fabric softeners is adding a 1/2 cup of white vinegar to your wash (not to the dryer, and don’t use together with bleach).

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Amber enjoys sleeping on a blanket washed and dried without chemicals.

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Responses

  1. But what about static? Nothing makes me unhappier… I will check out the non toxic versions once my big ‘ol Costco box is empty. 🙂

  2. Using vinegar in the washer will help reduce static cling (just don’t use together with bleach!). I haven’t used dryer sheets in years and don’t have much of a problem with static cling (but I also have very few synthetic fabrics).

  3. Excellent article! Something all pet mommies should know (daddies too). Thank you!


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